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Hypocrisy Reigns in Big Brother 3 Finaleby O'Sean Aieghlans -- 09/27/2002
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Is it just me, or are the houseguests – for the first time on any Big Brother season – actually worse outside the house than inside? While inside the house, there’s always an excuse for superficiality, or double dealing, or obsessive mania; after all, if you were in that house, wouldn’t you be just bouncing off the walls, too? Unless, of course, you are a Jason clone, that is. The answer is ‘yes.’ But once outside, you’d return back to normal, right?
But there seems to be no excuse for the display of LaLa Land superficiality, fake friendship, hugging, and ‘I love yous’ -- not to mention repugnantly blatant, outright hypocrisy -- by the majority of the houseguests on CBS’s much-anticipated season finale on Wednesday evening.
Tonya seems to have been waiting with baited breath to be able to say on TV to someone – anyone – of the houseguests: “I love you.” But she just said it to the person who insulted her on national television – and the statement fell as flat as it was hollow. Marcellas is not to blame; he jumped up and hugged her.
Marcellas did this after his inevitable queen-out drama turn as someone unable to even sit next to Jason, who said something nice about Danielle. He got up, flapped his wrists in the air and sat on the other side of that infamous puppet, Amy. Danielle, he said, was ‘horrible.’ Why do I think that if he was sitting next to Danielle in the house, waiting for the award announcement, that he would think she was ‘wonderful’? I don’t know… it’s just me, I guess.
And Amy. Danielle made fun of her a bit, but at least she didn’t insult her on national TV like Marcellas did. But puppets always love the person who pulls the strings – and Amy’s vote against Danielle and her sycophantic attachment to Marcellas is frightening if not ugly.
Of course we all know that the reticent stripclub bartender “Lisa” took the grand prize. Did she deserve this? Far be it from me to say – but we’ve never seen a game like hers before. Maximum profit on the mistakes of others, she came through in a pinch and played a fierce game when challenged: the anti-Eric vote, turning into the ‘princess of darkness,’ voting out Jason. I’m left still wondering: How did she keep from shivering in the pool while holding onto the key?
But the unanimity of the vote is suspect. How could someone like Josh, who has praised Danielle for weeks, be persuaded to vote against her? Someone is pulling strings here, and we all know that puppets have strings. Who is the puppet master? I don’t think it’s Julie Chen. At least he threw his key away in disgust. But he didn’t have enough disgust to tell the person who forced him to do it to go jump in the lake. It was clear he didn’t want to vote for Lisa.
Roddy hung back, clearly still embarrassed at everything. If this guy could get a dollar for every time he cringed . . . Chiara apologizing had me cringing. He looked sheepish, embarrassed, and ready for the door. At least he didn’t hug anyone or tell someone he loved them. But still, hypocrisy rears its ugly head as he defends his ‘honor.’ I mean, let’s face it – if he had lied – even a lot – would it have been as horrible as he seems to think it would be? Because his grandpa his watching? There’s something rotten in Denmark here, and it ain’t fish. Why doth the houseguest protest so much? It’s amazing to me that Roddy truly still believes that manipulating people’s emotions is actually kindness. I don’t think that sort of behavior is ‘bad’ – not at all; not in a game like this. So why is he so loath to admit it? Whose face is he trying to save and why does he think lying in the game would mean he lost his face? I don’t know. Ask grandpa.
We know from reports of live feeds that many more questions were asked of the houseguests than were shown on television. In fact, the questioning scene strongly stank of something rehearsed. We know that Eric told Lisa that 'she screwed him.' We know that Roddy actually told Danielle that ‘many were hurt.’ We didn’t see this interchange on television. Roddy’s question to Danielle was the tip-off. He asked an inane and benign question and Danielle thanked him for it. On top of that, after the questioning and answering session was taped, both the remaining houseguests were basket cases for two days, ending in a drunken binge which had Danielle humping the bed and Lisa crying all night.1 2 Next-->
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